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phase. and the search is on this morning for masked gunmen after an overnight home invasion. we'll tell you why what they were after is a mystery at this point. and a much better weather situation down the shore this morning. this is time yesterday we were feeling the effects of a nor'easter. now we're drying out and warming up. that's good news on this wednesday morning. thanks for joining us. you're watching "nbc 10 news today." i'm christine maddela. >> i'm chris cato. and yes, 42 degrees is considered a warm-up based on what we had yesterday. >> considering, yes. by comparison. >> those winds were cold. meteorologist bill henley is back now with his first alert forecast. good morning, bill. >> good morning, chris. yes, much improved this morning. we are dry. nothing falling from the sky. the wind is still steady. in fact, getting some wind gusts of 25 miles an hour in the area. it's a steady northwesterly wind in philadelphia, but the temperatures, in spite of that northwesterly wind, are not bad at all. well above freezing. even in the mountains this morning. a look at the radar. it is cleared out this morning. it's this afternoon that the
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chance of some showers will return. temperatur temperatures, 42 degrees currently in philadelphia, while it's in the upper 30s for pottstown and allentown. it's just dropped to 32 degrees in mt. pocono, down a degree in the last hour, while it's 40s for most of delaware and south jersey. so, not a bad start at all. clouds will break for some sunshine this morning. 40 degrees at 9:00. by lunchtime, the clouds will be increasing once again, and that will lead to a chance of some scattered showers this afternoon. we'll go through it hour by hour when i come back in less than ten minutes, but right now, first alert traffic reporter jillian mele is standing by. good morning, jillian. >> good morning, bill. a live look at the boulevard. things are quiet on a lot of the major roads, including the boulevard. this is right by broad street. traffic moving along just fine both directions. we have an accident on 76, eastbound near gulph mills. the left lane is still blocked. the right lane gets by. no delays to report in that area. in fact, a lot of the majors look pretty good. 50 miles per hour is the average speed on 422, 64 is what we're seeing on the pennsylvania turnpike and 55 on the blue route right now.
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95 still clear of any accidents. we have some construction, though, for drivers in audubon to be aware of on route 168 in both directions between nicholson road and ferry avenue. that's expected to be out there active until about 6:00 a.m. christine? the firefighter who lost her life in the line of duty is being hailed as a hero this morning. nbc 10's monique braxton is live in west oak lane, where investigators will be looking for clues as to what went wrong. monique? >> reporter: christine, we're going to show you the cars that are here outside the home. they are two police officers on guard, letting you know that this investigation is far from over. two things police are going to be looking at along with fire investigators, and that is, one, was her fire apparatus working properly? were the safety alert systems working properly? the other thing the fire marshal's office will be looking at is trying to determine what caused the blaze here in the basement of this west oak lane home. looking at our video, fire commissioner derrick sawyer told us his men and women are
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heartbroken over the loss of 36-year-old joyce craig-lewis. commissioner sawyer also told us the 11-year veteran was one of three firefighters to enter the basement of the west oak lane home. when firefighters were ordered outside, they noticed she did not retreat. the mother of a teen son and toddler daughter was found unconscious inside the basement. we spoke to her colleague. >> didn't want to let gender get in the way of anything. she wanted to prove the point. >> i knew that she was a firefighter's firefighter. like i said, she started out at engine 9, which is a pretty decent company, and wanted to learn her craft and asked to be transferred to a busier company. she spent time at that company learning her craft and doing a great job. >> reporter: craig-lewis was 1 of 150 women in the fire department, the nation's first organized fire department. our camera captured people gathered for a prayer vigil last night outside engine 64 in lawncrest, where she was assigned. now, in the next half hour,
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we're working to bring you comments from her grieving family. we understand she leaves behind four siblings. live for now in west oak lane, monique braxton, nbc 10 news. >> you can count on nbc 10 as we learn new information about the fallen firefighter and the investigation into the fire that killed her. we're posting updates all morning long on nbc10.com. at 4:34, this is new from overnight. police are investigating a home invasion in delaware county. three masked men with guns stormed into a home on fern street in darby borough around 11:30 last night. police are still trying to figure out what they were after. they don't know what, if anything, the robbers took from the home. no one was hurt. happening today in bucks county, this videographer here accused of ripping off customers is scheduled for a preliminary court hearing. michael dolbole was arrested on theft and other charges. dilbow is from bensalem. police say he was paid thousands
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to record weddings and never delivered the videos. from our south jersey bureau, senator diane allen will unveil a series of jobs bills this afternoon. allen will make her announcement at the burlington county institute of technology in medford. the event is part of a senate republican job creation and economic growth program. now to the casino crisis in atlantic city, and we have learned that the deal to sell revel casino and hotel to brookfield holdings, that company based in canada, is now dead. a source close to the negotiations tells nbc 10 that revel did everything it could to try to close the deal. the casino wants to set up a court hearing to accept a bid by a florida developer who's still interested in buying the property. well, new jersey may go small with its next generation of casinos. tomorrow, state lawmakers will debate a bill that would let developers build new boutique-style casino-hotels. part of the measure would allow casinos to be placed in existing buildings. the idea is to draw developers
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to the city with a real chance at turning a profit. atlantic city we're speaking here. well, it was a dramatic story of children in jeopardy. >> you may remember the video of a florida mother accused of driving her minivan into the ocean with her three children inside. this morning, the mother's legal case took a new turn. and a local pizza shop owner is in trouble with the law. we'll tell you why he's accused of taking an extra slice out of his customers' bank accounts. bill? dry this morning, chris. that's a live view from center city. right now 42 degrees at 4:36.
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now your first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> a dry start, but a windy one, but it's mild outside. temperatures are in the 40s, above freezing. this afternoon we'll get some rain showers moving in and then colder air comes along. we'll see that rain change to snow overnight tonight. some scattered snow showers,
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especially north and west of the city. right now, 32 degrees. pocono mountains getting a little light snow at 32, but 40 degrees for trenton and dover with clouds starting to thin out for some sunshine this morning. you can see nothing too significant in the poconos this morning. camelback is looking a little grassy, actually. we'll see accumulation this afternoon and tonight it's completely dry in our area this morning. the snow showers that are in new york state will be coming down into the pocono mountains, and there will be accumulation, especially this afternoon and into tonight in the mountains. the future weather showing some showers to the east. 7:00 this morning. but the rest of the area is dry. by 9:00, the temperatures will be hovering in the low 40s, where we are right now, and we will see some breaks of sunshine, but the clouds start moving back in. and at noontime, we could see some scattered, light rain showers start to appear once again. so, the forecast for today is calling for a mild start and a dry morning, but afternoon showers will ride in on some
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winds that will be gusting to 35 miles an hour. seven-day forecast and the weekend when i come back in less than ten minutes. at 4:40 this morning, what a difference a day makes. >> oh, boy, yeah. >> yeah, yesterday we saw treacherous driving conditions throughout our area. today much better. >> yeah. we'll find out if there's anything you should have a heads-up on right now with jillian mele. what are you seeing out there, jillian? >> well, since 4:00 a.m., we've been following an accident on 76. it was eastbound right near gulph mills. just in the last two minutes i watched police leave the scene, so that accident has cleared. so, now 76 is quiet in both directions the entire length. west conshohocken, we have a mudslide that actually happened yesterday with all of that rain that we had. so, balligomingo road is closed near front street. take matsonford road as an alternate. that's going to be a good option for you this morning. and checking your drive times right now on the highways. 95 southbound from woodhaven to the vine, you can see that's going to take you about 14 minutes. 10 minutes on the northeast extension southbound from lansdale to the mid-county toll plaza. and 7 minutes is your drive time
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on 422 eastbound from oaks to route 202. chris? well, what are we going to do with ourselves? it looks like we'll have to go back to following our boring, old, american celebrities. >> right. >> because the royal visit to the u.s. is over now. >> but not before william and kate had one more big night out in the big apple. the duke and duchess helped a cause very close to their hearts. we'll tell you what it is and show you how they spent their final night in new york. and how did an atm wind up in the woods? we'll have more on this mystery machine and tell you who made the discovery.
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green giant! at 4:43 this morning, here is a live look outside at the comcast center in center city. the nor'easter that dumped heavy rain and brought strong winds to our area yesterday is really calming down this morning and we are warming up. 42 degrees outside right now. nbc 10 meteorologist bill henley will be back with another look at his full forecast in just a few minutes.
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and at 4:43, we have new information in the case of this florida woman who's accused of driving her minivan into the ocean with her three kids inside last march. prosecutors have agreed to drop at attempted murder charges against ebony wilkerson. rescuers had to pull her children, ages 3, 9 and 10, from that sinking vehicle back in march. wilkerson will plead not guilty by reason of insanity to child abuse charges. u.s. embassies are bracing for potential anti-american protests following the release of a senate report on the cia's interrogation techniques. that report found that cia interrogations of terror suspects after 9/11 went far beyond legal boundaries. tactics included sleep deprivation, water boarding and confinement to small boxes. the report says that amounted to torture. the report also says information obtained using those tactics didn't even play a key role in finding osama bin laden. president obama spoke to telemundo about the report. >> some of these techniques that
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were described were not only wrong but also counterproductive. >> now, the cia says this report released tuesday tells just part of the story. the agency adds that there are too many flaws for the report to stand as the official record of the program. today on capitol hill, the house select money on benghazi will hold its second hearing. this session will focus on improving the safety of u.s. diplomatic personnel in facilities around the world. the first hearing in september was held to investigate the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, two years ago when an ambassador and three others were killed. on capitol hill, there is a deal on the table to keep the federal government running. last night, lawmakers agreed on a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would prevent a government shutdown. the deal will allow just about all federal agencies to run as usual through next september. both the house and senate are expected to adopt the measure. the government technically will run out of money tonight at midnight.
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now, the only agency not covered by the spending deal would be the department of homeland security. funding for that agency will run out on february 27th. republicans are expected to use the deadline to force president obama to reverse his executive action on immigration. that executive action prevents about 4 million undocumented immigrants from being deported. authorities say a montgomery county couple used ebay to falsely advertise the sale of some high-end items and then steal more than $185,000 from shoppers online. police arrested win coat residents corrine cameron and alicia brown, charging them with wire and mail fraud. investigators say they set up phony ebay accounts and offered everything from bmws to rolex watches that they actually didn't own. police busted a camden county pizza shop owner for allegedly overcharging customers. those customers complained, so police went undercover at bella pizza ii on williamstown road in
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sicklerville. investigators say the owner overcharged credit cards just about every day throughout the past four months. police are now trying to track down more potential victims. and this morning, police in berks county are investigating an unusual discovery in the woods. a father and son found an atm in a wooded area of rockland township. police are trying to figure out how it got there. they're not sure how long it had been in the woods or how much money, if any, is still inside. police are looking for some burglars who targeted a mays landing church and made off with holiday gift donations. it happened at mt. zion baptist church on jackson road last week. police say the suspects broke a front window to get inside, then stole some gifts in the church donation bin that were being collected for the vineland veterans home and elderly church members. and we've got some good news now for a blind burglary victim in atlantic city. last month, someone stole $500 from theresa long's apartment. she says she saved the money to buy christmas presents for her
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six grandchildren. last night, she got a special delivery, courtesy of the atlantic city police and mayor don guardian. with the help of the just for kids foundation, they surprised theresa with a stack of gifts so she can give her family a christmas to remember. the british are leaving. the royals have left the empire state. britain's prince william and his wife, kate, the duchess of cambridge, wrapped up their whirlwind and much-documented visit to new york. the two spent several hours last night at a gala in honor of the university where they first met. a star-studded fund-raiser at the metropolitan museum of art for the royal company's alma mater, st. andrews university in scotland. >> it's a fantastic pleasure to be here tonight and i don't need to tell you all just how much st. andrews means to us both. >> the royal couple boarded a late-night flight back to london after that gala ended. people in reno, nevada, are bracing for possibly the largest winter storm to hit the area in the past 30 years. winds are expected to pick up
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late today and increase tomorrow. some gusts could reach, get this, 140 miles an hour. snow could fall in higher elevations at a rate of 2 to 4 inches an hour. and forecasters say there is the threat of severe power outages. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> clouds are thinning out. the wind is still blowing, but the temperatures this morning are nice and warm. a clear view across the delaware. clouds are breaking overhead. we'll actually see some sunshine this morning before showers return this afternoon. 42 degrees right now in philadelphia with northwesterly winds at 18 miles an hour. feels like it's in the 30s this morning. feel like a stroll on beach avenue? not a problem. rain has stopped. still a little damp, a few puddles out there, but rain will be done for most of the day. it's tonight that we'll see some showers tracking back into areas north and west. look at the temperatures. even north and west it's well above freezing. 40s for wilmington, philadelphia and in the low 40s right now for
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logan township, mullica hill is at 41, also 40 degrees in turnersville and 39 right now in washington township. not a bad start this morning. a lot more comfortable than it was yesterday. look at the clouds thinning out. they will be back this afternoon. but we'll see some sunshine this morning, so the temperatures, in spite of northwesterly winds, are going to stay holding in the low 40s. this is 9:00 this morning. by lunchtime, you can see the clouds moving back in with a few spotty showers possible north and west. it's more likely as the afternoon progresses, first rain showers. and then it gets colder. the atmosphere first. the ground temperatures will still be above freezing, so even with some scattered snow showers at 6:00 in the evening, might see some spots of snow on grassy surfaces, but not on the hard surfaces. overnight tonight, though, the temperatures will drop down a bit more. we'll be dry at 11:00, but by tomorrow morning, there's a better chance of some scattered snow showers off to the north and west. so, how much snow are we looking
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at? well, the pocono mountains by 4:00 this afternoon, an inch of snow on the ground. those snow showers coming to the south. first rain showers, pottstown by 8:00 tomorrow morning could see an inch of snow on some of the grassy surfaces, while 2 inches in the pocono mountains. it's going to fall short of philadelphia, but the pocono mountains by late thursday evening could see 4 inches of snow. so, for today, to start with, at least, no need to deal with any rain or snow. the temperatures are in the 40s. clouds break, we'll see a bit of sunshine before showers return this afternoon. during the evening hours we'll see that colder air take shape. snow showers are possible overnight, especially north and west and into tomorrow, but 39 degrees tomorrow afternoon. and then we'll get some breaks of sunshine friday. and even though it will be cold for friday and saturday with a high temperature right around 40 degrees, we'll see sunshine sunday. 44 degrees sunday afternoon and into the 50s monday and tuesday. nine minutes until 5:00.
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it's nice to not have all the water on the roads we saw yesterday morning. >> absolutely. much better driver conditions out there. let's check in with jillian mele. >> good morning. taking a live look at the blue route, where things are quiet in both directions. this is 476 out near 76. drive times pretty average, about 17-18 minutes in both directions between 76 and 95. heading into delaware, we have some of this long-term construction that's still out there on 295 northbound and the route 13 off-ramp remains closed. into new jersey, a live look at 295 at route 38. 295 is clear. 38 looks good. we are not reporting any accidents right now on the majors in all three states. and if you're waking up in the lehigh valley, 22 is clear and so is 78. chris? a plane lands with one more passenger than it had when it took off. we'll tell you about an incredible midair emergency that turned flight attendants into labor coaches. and iphones aren't cheap, but some versions overseas are selling for thousands of dollars. we'll show you what makes these models different, other than the price tag.
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here's a live look at center city. nbc 10 meteorologist bill henley says we are in for a warmer and drier day out there. you can see the wind at that elevation is whipping some of those flags there. right now it's 42 degrees at 4:55 this morning. bill will be back with another look at his full forecast coming up at the top of the hour. fewer than 20 bears were killed in new jersey on the
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second day of that state's hunting season. that's a drastic drop from opening day, when hunters stagged 124 bears. wildlife officials say yesterday's storm is the reason for the drop in the numbers. the bears probably thankful for that weather. the heavy rain and strong winds kept hunters at bay. born in midair. a baby apparently couldn't wait for its mom's flight from san francisco to land in phoenix. the southwest airlines flight had to divert to los angeles yesterday. the airline said the mother went into labor shortly after takeoff. a doctor and an er nurse who happened to be on board helped deliver the baby right in front of passengers, like charlie reeves. >> once she had it, then the pilot came over the loud speaker and said that we were turning around and going back to l.a. i know at one point, they asked for scissors to cut the umbilical cord, and it's not something you expect to see, but it looked like a healthy baby. >> it's a boy and everyone got cigars. mother and baby are doing just fine. the passengers were put on
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another plane and continued on their way. >> pretty amazing. well, it is that time of year again, when "time" magazine names its person of the year. i don't think i'm in the running this year. "time" will announce this year's pick live on the "today" show this morning. among the finalists, russian president vladimir putin, jack ma, the wealthiest man in china and two groups of people, ferguson protesters and ebola caregivers. the yearly selection recognizes the people or person who have most influenced the world this year for better or worse. today, first lady michelle obama will do her part in this year's toys for tots campaign. she'll travel to joint base an acosta bowling in washington this afternoon to deliver gifts for the marine corps reserve's annual campaign. white house staff members donated those toys. a new iphone promoting russia is now on sale in moscow. take a look at this special edition here encased in gold, decorated with russia's code of
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arms. the phone runs $3,300. the captain of russia's national soccer team has one. he says it shows the strength of his country. some models also feature president vladimir putin's portrait. >> hmm. a live video chat with microsoft founder bill gates. that's what sixth graders in new castle county will take part in later this morning. a s.t.e.m. student registered her class as part of a science motivation project. the response promised a live chat with an expert, who turned out to be none other than gates himself. philadelphia's wilt chamberlain put his stamp on basketball history. now the post office has put him on two forever stamps. the official dedication is set for this afternoon at overbrook high school, chamberlain's alma mater. current and former nba players are expected to be on hand for the dedication ceremony. the 76ers unveiled the stamps at friday night's game. wilt chamberlain scored a record 100 points in the game and led the sixers to their first world
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championship in 1967. it'd be nice if the sixers can get to maybe even half those wins. >> it'd be nice if the sixers could score 100 points in a game. they've actually put a couple wins under their belt and that's probably one of the sports records, 100 points in a game, that will stand for the test of time. really amazing. and i know that a lot of people in philadelphia are so proud that wilt's record is still standing. >> absolutely. another one for the record books. well, you're watching nbc 10 news. "nbc 10 news today" at 5:00 a.m. starts right now. remembering the first female philadelphia firefighter to die in the line of duty. now investigators are focused on what happened yesterday morning that caused her death. no deal. one company's bid to buy revel in atlantic city is now off the table. what's next for the closed casino-hotel? and what a difference a day makes. look at this. we are drying out this morning, even in the poconos, compared to
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that soaker that we got yesterday morning. and it won't be as cold today either. good morning and welcome to "nbc 10 news today." i'm chris cato. >> and i'm christine maddela. looks like that nor'easter is really calming down. let's start with meteorologist bill henley in the first alert weather center. >> things are looking a lot better this morning. the temperatures, first of all, are in the 40s right now. even in the pocono mountains, warmer this morning, above freezing in some spots, but the wind is still with us, and that wind will be here all day long. and that's part of the nor'easter, which is still going to give us some showers later today, but not this morning. winds gusting to 37 right now in the pocono mountains. trenton and mt. holly. and at the shore, wildwood getting 18-mile-an-hour wind gusts. as far as the radar's concerned, nothing falling from the sky. the clouds are actually breaking. we'll see some sunshine this morning before clouds return with showers for this afternoon. 40 in allentown, trenton, wilmington is 42 degrees along with philadelphia at 42. so, a much

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